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Old 02-13-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
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Pitman arm removal

Does anybodt have any tips to get this damn thing off, i tried to use a pickel fork and it just startedto pull the steering shaft out of the sterig box, i just cant seem to get it to budge. Do you guys think i should just cut the thing off with a cut off wheel or what thanks for the imput

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Old 02-13-2009, 10:49 AM   #2
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dont cut it!

it definately takes some finess.

its not so much strength as it is (wiggle, jiggle, tap tap tappy, shimmy, budge)

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Old 02-13-2009, 10:49 AM   #3
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There is a tool you can use for that.

It looks like this....

Should be able to get one at any parts store
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:56 PM   #4
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Yes use that tool above, it is a pitman arm puller, soak the hell outta that shaft with some penetrating oil before hand, with the puller on it will feel like it doesn't want to come off, BE CAREFUL!!!!! cause WHAM the pitman arm will come flying off faster than a herd of fat women running towards a richard simmons seminar......
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:01 PM   #5
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do not use a pickle fork

and yes use the pitman arm puller, and there's actually an updated design that looks similar to that pic, but it surrounds the whole back of the arm when pulling. many parts stores will loan this out.
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Now i know not to use a pickel fork, i tried to use one and it started to pull the shaft out of the box. I know it does not sound good but i used a cut off wheel and cut it on two sides untill it was down to 1/16" and then just hammered it off, thanks for the help
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:01 PM   #7
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hope you didn't already damage the gear box.
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u would be surprised what whacking all tres, pitman arms, etc, with a hammer will do...dont hit down, up or anything like that.....wack it in the thickest part of the metal with a hammer and get it to vibrate loose....u might think im joking but we do it all the time and it works ten times faster than a puller.....u might also think ur gonna break the pitman arm(i did first time my mechanic buddy showed me) but all of those parts can take it and for what its worth do you really want thos parts on you jeep if they cant take a wack from a hammer......hit it right in the front and it should drop off
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:48 AM   #9
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u would be surprised what whacking all tres, pitman arms, etc, with a hammer will do...dont hit down, up or anything like that.....wack it in the thickest part of the metal with a hammer and get it to vibrate loose....u might think im joking but we do it all the time and it works ten times faster than a puller.....u might also think ur gonna break the pitman arm(i did first time my mechanic buddy showed me) but all of those parts can take it and for what its worth do you really want thos parts on you jeep if they cant take a wack from a hammer......hit it right in the front and it should drop off
Hes got a point I thought my uncle was nuts when he did it and it dropped onto my damn foot and he laughed because he told me to watch out its gonna come off
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:42 AM   #10
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u would be surprised what whacking all tres, pitman arms, etc, with a hammer will do...dont hit down, up or anything like that.....wack it in the thickest part of the metal with a hammer and get it to vibrate loose....u might think im joking but we do it all the time and it works ten times faster than a puller.....u might also think ur gonna break the pitman arm(i did first time my mechanic buddy showed me) but all of those parts can take it and for what its worth do you really want thos parts on you jeep if they cant take a wack from a hammer......hit it right in the front and it should drop off
i don't know if you were responding to me or not. but hitting it with a hammer is fine, this is preferred for removing tie rods and ball joints and so on. and its fine to help get a pitman arm off. it is better to use a puller, and coax it with a hammer to. but a pickle fork is gonna damage the box, and he already said it started pulling the shaft out of the box. obviously we know whats inside a gear box, gears and bearings that are set with preloads, the pickle fork is a bad idea. but i think the poster already found that out, so i'm just putting this in to be redundant.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:24 PM   #11
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Bump, what size is the nut that goes on the pitman arm / steering shaft ? I'm going to the local pick and pull and only want to bring a few sockets with me instead of my whole tool box. I wanna put a zj arm on my blazer.

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Old 02-21-2009, 11:19 PM   #12
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havent had to pull one since 01 when i bought the jeep.....but i think its metric....
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:24 PM   #13
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If you have to go buy one get the 1-5/16"
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:26 PM   #14
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Flattie, a 32mm is very close but too small, if he has a new bolt and doesnt care about losing the socket he could get a 32mm and a BFH. But I am almost postive 1-5/16 is what it is.
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good call.....i wanted to say 1-1/4 or 32mm.....and they both wouldve been to small....thats why i guessed at metric
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:27 AM   #16
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Thanks guys so 1-5/16 ths it is........

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